- This is a historical Japanese name; the family name is Hijikata.
He is the vice-commander of the Shinsengumi. He keeps a strict regime and deals with those who defy it without mercy, earning him the nickname "The Demon Vice-Commander" (鬼の副長, Oni no Fukuchō).
Hijikata was born to a long line of farmers going back at least three hundred years. His father and grandfather before him were not permitted the right to bear swords due to their class, and Hijikata grew up believing he himself would live and die as a farmer.
Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin! Edit
- Unlike virtually all the other characters in Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin!, Hijikata has a completely different role to his modern counterpart, going from major antagonist to one of the protagonist's closest allies.